Coldstream: Where to from here?


AFTER the success of the inaugural Surfing the Coldstream Festival, Yamba businesses would almost certainly support the event being staged again, Yamba Chamber of Commerce president Sue Hughes said yesterday.

Ms Hughes said the benefit of such a festival to a town like Yamba was irrefutable after the triumph of the weekend's event.

"There's no reason why we wouldn't support it because businesses have benefited from having this come to town, so I think we'd be mad not to support it again," she said.

"The feedback we've been receiving has been fantastic, both from a chamber point of view as well as a cultural point of view."

Ms Hughes said while cafes and takeaway stores would have benefited the most from the weekend, other stores would not have missed out completely.

"It's not always about the mon- ey, the festival was about fun and laughter and happiness," she said.

"It was all about having something positive instead of negative because it's been a hard year for a lot of businesses."

Joanne Reynolds, owner of business The Toy Box, said while retail sales might not have set any records, the festival was a fantastic advertisement for the town's businesses.

"It's all about exposure and advertising and if people didn't know we were here before they do now, so it'll have a flow on effect," she said.

Festival organiser Dom Ferry said he was extremely happy with the way the festival turned out, but at this stage could not commit to staging another one next year. He said he had received very encouraging feedback from all performers who thought it had been a fantastic festival.

Mr Ferry said like all first-time festivals there were teething problems, but they could be fixed easily if another event was held.

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